Vertigo due to certain disorders can be prevented. For example, if vertigo is due to motion sickness, situations that cause it (such as a rocking boat) can be avoided, and fixing the eyes on an unmoving object in the distance (visual fixation) can help avert an attack or stop one that has started.
All of these drugs may have side effects, especially in older people. Older people should avoid taking them whenever possible, but when vertigo is severe and persistent, taking a drug may be necessary but should be supervised by a doctor. TRANSDERM SCOP given through a patch tends to have the fewest side effects. More often than not, vertigo is caused by BPPV in older people and can be relieved without drugs. Drugs used in the treatment of vertigo may cause agitation in infants and very young children and should not be given to them except as directed by a doctor.